In comments at a speech late Saturday, Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh promised to leave office, saying “I reject power and I will continue to reject it, and I will be leaving power in the coming days.”
The comments were in keeping with his regime’s long-standing position that he doesn’t “seek” power, but didn’t appear to raise much hope among the pro-democracy protest movement that he would actually be stepping down.
“We’re used to this type of thing,” one opposition figure noted, and indeed Saleh has been within “days” of stepping down for at least six months, only to find some last minute excuse that prevents an actual move toward free elections.
Indeed, reports already have his Foreign Minister in the United Arab Emirates proposing a deal to keep Saleh in power into next year. The Deputy Information Minister didn’t address this deal, but did suggest Saleh could remain for months.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Ceasefire Allows Thousands of Yemenis to Flee Port City of Hodeidah - July 22nd, 2018
- Israel Evacuates Hundreds of White Helmets From Syria Into Jordan - July 22nd, 2018
- US Launches Campaign to Undermine Support for Iran's Leaders - July 22nd, 2018
- Israel Offers to Reopen Gaza Crossing on Tuesday If Ceasefire Holds - July 22nd, 2018
- Israel Attacks Syrian Military Site in Hama Province - July 22nd, 2018